Eating Disorders Awareness Week

  • What is Eating Disorders Awareness Week?
  • How can you get involved with Eating Disorders Awareness Week?
  • What are Eating Disorders?
  • What are the Risk Factors of Eating Disorders?
  • What are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?

  • What is Eating Disorders Awareness Week?

    This year Eating Disorders Awareness Week will take place from Monday 26th February 2018 until Sunday 4th March 2018 and is run by a charity called Beat Eating Disorders. This campaign is an international awareness week and the purpose is to focus on issues that matter to people affected by eating disorders. Beating Disorders are a UK charity and were founded in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders.


    How can you get involved with Eating Disorders Awareness Week?

    • Fundraising- Get your friends and family members involved to spread the message out to as many people as possible across the UK. This can be any type of events such as fancy dress, film night, raffle, book sale, karaoke, and many others. In order to get involved first you must decide how you would like to fundraise; this can either be by organising your own event or signing up to one of Beat eating disorders most popular events or another event. Using Just Giving is the easiest way for your friends and family members to donate and all donations are then transferred to the charity. The fundraising will help towards their vision to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. The donations will help fund the charity service including helplines, message boards, online support groups and helping to prevent and treat eating disorders. To find out more information about fundraising for Beat Eating Disorders and how to get involved visit https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise

    • Campaigns – You can get involved with current campaigns by signing up to the campaign newsletters, spreading the word to your community, look at their previous campaigns. Stay up to date with the campaign on social media, being signed up to their newsletter, spread the word share the campaigns with others, make your voice heard, campaigning toolkit, face to face to motivate and encourage people. To find out more information about how you can get involved with campaigning visit https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/get-involved/campaign

    • Volunteering- Beat Eating Disorders is committed to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults. All volunteers would be required to fill in an application form providing your details, receipt of references, relevant induction training and undertaking a Self-Declaration Statement and a DBS to see where appropriate to the role. To find out more information about applying to get involved with the campaign visit https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/volunteer

    • Ambassadors- If you have recovered from an eating disorder and would like to become and ambassador then share your story with others. To find out more information about how you can get involved and share your story https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/get-involved/ambassadors

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    What are Eating Disorders?

    Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that involve disordered eating behaviour. This could mean limiting the amount of food eaten, eating very large quantities of food at once, getting rid of food eaten through unhealthy means.


    What are the Risk Factors of Eating Disorders?

    • Psychological

    • Emotional,

    • Genetic,

    • Environmental,

    • Social

    • If you or a member of your family has a history of eating disorders, depression, or alcohol or drug addiction

    • You have been criticised for your eating habits, body shape or weight

    • If you have anxiety,

    • If you have low self-esteem

    • If you suffer from depression

    • Bullying

    • Abuse


    What are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?

    The main common examples of eating disorders include anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia, emotional overeating.

    • Anorexia- Anorexia is a serious mental health illness where people are low of weight due to limiting their energy intake. It can affect anyone. People who are anorexic also tend to restrict the amount of food eaten; they may do excessive exercise and not have enough nutrients in their body. Anorexia can cause severe physical problems because of the effects of starvation on the body.

    • Binge Eating Disorder- Binge Eating Disorder is a serious mental health illness where people experience a loss of control and eat large quantities of food on a regular basis. It can affect anyone. People with binge eating disorders often eat large quantities of food over a short period of time.

    • Bulimia- Bulimia is a serious mental health illness which can affect anyone. People with bulimia are caught in a cycle of eating large quantities of food and then trying to compensate for that overeating by vomiting, taking laxatives, fasting or excessive exercise.

    • Emotional Overeating- This term means turning to food for comfort and escape during times of low mood. When someone overeats emotionally they are attempting to feel comforted and soothed.

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    To find out more information about eating disorders visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/eating-disorders/